Last week at the Transit Commission, OC Transpo management promised to inform Councillors with specifics of what the 40 additional buses that were recently reinstated would mean for our communities.
Today, those details were shared. The full memo can be found here.
What does this mean for Kanata North bus routes?
In an effort to increase reliability, additional capacity has been deployed to the following routes:
- Morning routes: 62, 63, and 66
- Afternoon routes: 62, 63, 264, and 268
What does this mean?
Additional buses will be on standby at key locations, so that supervisory staff are able to dispatch them to replace regularly scheduled trips that are missing or run late. Further, some of these buses are being assigned to provide supplementary trips on routes that have had consistent reliability issues or are regularly overcrowded.
During the afternoon peak period, OC Transpo have also assigned some buses to provide extra trips from Tunney’s Pasture Station to the park and ride lots at Eagleson Station and Fallowfield Station. For west-end residents, this bus will be labeled 257x or 257 Eagleson.
There is no set schedule as we continue to monitor the use of these buses and their success in reducing wait times and crowding. Additional adjustments may be made to these assignments through the remainder of the year.
OC Transpo staff is currently preparing new schedules for many routes for the January 2020 service change based on reports from customers and on operational data and observations. Some of the schedule changes will be to address on-time performance on routes that are currently experiencing reliability issues, and some of the changes will be to increase capacity where required. I will share details of the January schedule changes once these have been confirmed.
I will continue to actively work with senior staff on improvements to increase the quality of transit for our city and our community. Please email me directly at Jenna.Sudds@ottawa.ca with your feedback.